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Productivity losses from road traffic deaths in Turkey

Naci, Huseyin and Baker, Timothy D. (2008) Productivity losses from road traffic deaths in Turkey. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 15 (1). pp. 19-24. ISSN 1745-7300

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17457300701847648


The importance of road traffic injuries in Turkey is not generally appreciated, in part due to lack of knowledge of its economic burden and in part due to major underestimation in official statistics. The total years of potential life lost and potentially productive years of life lost from mortality were calculated in order to estimate the cost of productivity losses from road traffic deaths in Turkey. More years of potentially productive life are lost due to road traffic deaths than to respiratory tract illnesses or diabetes mellitus, two other serious health problems in Turkey. Road traffic deaths cost Turkey an estimated US $2.6 billion every year in productivity losses alone, more than the World Bank estimate of the indirect costs from the 1999 Marmara earthquake (US $1.2–2 billion), Turkey's worst earthquake since 1939 (World Bank Turkey Country Office, 1999 OpenURL London School of Economics &). This study highlights the importance of accurate information in ameliorating the burden of road traffic safety in Turkey. Turkey has great opportunities to implement cost-effective interventions to reduce the economic burden of fatal and non-fatal road traffic injuries.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2014 12:14
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:50

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